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More materials accepted at HWRC

May 21, 2020 6:01 PM
Originally published by Dave Hodgson - Mayor of Bedford Borough

Mayor Dave Hodgson Green Bins Video Message StillAs off today, Thursday 21 May, you are now able to dispose of more types of waste at the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) on Barkers Lane.

With more onward disposal sites for waste collected at the HWRC starting to open and the success of the new system at the Barkers Lane site to facilitate social distancing, the Council is now able to allow more types of waste to be disposed of.

From Thursday 21 May, the following can be disposed of at the tip:

  • Hardcore and rubble - up to 3 items including broken ceramic tiles, bricks, ceramic sanitary ware e.g. sinks/toilets. Soil will not be accepted.
  • Plasterboard - up to 3 sheets
  • Paint

This is for household waste only. Commercial waste is not being accepted at this time. This is in addition to the material already being accepted at the HWRC below:

  • General rubbish (e.g. black lidded bin types of waste)
  • Small items of furniture
  • Garden waste (e.g green lidded bin types of green waste)
  • Recycling (e.g. orange lidded bin types of recycling)
  • Small electrical appliances (e.g. microwaves, kettles, and toasters)

Skips for large pieces of cardboard have also been added, to make it easier for these to be recycled. Please make sure any polystyrene or other packaging is completely removed before recycling cardboard items.

The HWRC is still operating a booking system and you will be asked what you are disposing of when you call for a slot so that you can be directed to the right area on site.

To book a slot please call 01234 718013. You will be able to book a slot up to 14 days in advance (subject to availability) and the site will be open between 9am and 5pm, 7 days a week.

Bedford Borough Council has also extended the temporary green waste drop off site at Oasis Swimming Pool, through to Sunday 24 May.

This site is for Bedford Borough residents only. No booking is needed but proof of address is required. Residents can to bring their garden waste, without appointment, to the Oasis site and empty any bags or containers of garden waste into large bins. This facility will be open from 9am-5pm until Sunday 24 May. Only cars, 4x4s, and small vans up to 1500kg payload will be able to use this service.

The Oasis site is purely for garden waste, and the Council has stated that no other waste will be accepted. The same types of green waste will be accepted as can currently go in the green bin e.g. grass cutting, plants and weeds, flowers, prunings, hedge clippings, leaves and bark

For the full details of the Oasis facility, along with information about the current arrangements at the Barkers Lane tip and more, visit the Bedford Borough Council website here.